NEWS ALERT: ‘It doesn’t make sense anymore’ —Permits chief on MECQ extension

Metro Manila, which includes the City of Manila, appears to be ‘going back and forth’ after the national government made a last-minute decision to recant the implementation of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

This was the remark of Manila City Bureau of Permits chief Levi Facundo after the national government announced that Metro Manila will remain under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) until September 15.

Earlier, the national government announced that Metro Manila will finally be placed under GCQ beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8.

“Minamadali ko ang mga staff ko kanina. They had to drop other things for this. But actually, I’m not in favor of their guidelines. It does not make sense anymore. I want businesses to open,” Facundo said.

“I just hate the fact that a lot time was wasted. The most expensive investment we put in is time. We cannot bring it back anymore!” he added.

Facundo said the national government should “think thrice” before putting forward an official announcement regarding quarantine classifications, as confusion may arise if information is not disseminated properly.

“Think thrice. Examine before proposing. See if the plan is bullet proof. Plan ahead. I see our team going back and forth looking for guidelines just so we can give the most accurate information to our constituents,” Facundo said.

“This was since they’ve announced about this granular lockdowns. My team was on it all day. I asked them questions and see if we’re on the same page in understanding the resolution because we know that the business sector will ask,” he added.

“Kaya nga tayo sa Maynila, #BilisKilos, hindi ubos oras! It’s not like all these happened only last night. It’s been 16 months!”